Anyone doubting the insecurity of life as a football manager should look at the case of Darren Ferguson, ‘son of Alex’.
The 37 year-old is widely, and rightly, held up as one of the very best managerial prospects and frequently linked with high-profile positions yet, ludicrously, sacked last week by Peterborough United.
Yes, the club currently sits bottom of the Championship and have had only two league wins this season after gaining back-to-back promotions under Ferguson. Does that suddenly make him a bad manager?
A club statement read: “(Peterborough) would like to thank Darren (right) for his magnificent service during his time at London Road and wish him and his family all the best for the future.” So, that’s alright then?
Ferguson won over half of his games in charge of Peterborough and signed a new four-year contract in the summer when he was refused permission to talk to Reading who wanted him to take over there.
Shortly, Darren will think that he’s well rid and new offers will arrive at his door. He’s one of the names touted for when Phil Brown gets the boot at Hull. As for Peterborough, I won’t shed tears if they’re relegated.